National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, August 25th (All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (57-70) at Los Angeles Dodgers (68-58), 9:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Josh Johnson (7-10, 3.73) Los Angeles - Clayton Kershaw (11-7, 2.87)
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers' roster will look significantly different as they seek a second straight victory on Saturday night.
Coming off a win in the opener of their three-game series with the Miami Marlins, the Dodgers completed a 9-player trade with the Boston Red Sox.
Los Angeles acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, starting pitcher Josh Beckett, injured outfielder Carl Crawford, infielder Nick Punto and cash from the Red Sox in exchange for James Loney, Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus and two players to be named later.
Los Angeles went out and slugged its way to an 11-4 victory on Friday, rebounding from a three-game sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants thanks to home runs from Andre Ethier, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Rivera. The Dodgers' deficit behind the first-place Giants remained at three games and they also sit 1 1/2 games out of a wild card spot.
The blockbuster trade indicates that LA is going all in for 2012.
The Dodgers picked up the needed win despite losing starter Chad Billingsley after just 3 1/3 innings due to a sore right elbow. The 28-year-old righty already endured a stint on the 15-day disabled list this season due to right elbow inflammation and hasn't lost since his return on July 23.
"I threw a cutter and something happened," said Billingsley, who had won six straight starts. "I'm not feeling too good. The MRI showed inflammation so I guess that's good news. They told me to let it rest and we'll go from there."
Jamey Wright earned the win after allowing three hits -- including a solo homer by Giancarlo Stanton -- over 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Nathan Eovaldi, acquired from the Dodgers in the Ramirez trade last month, was charged with six runs on seven hits over three innings in the loss, Miami's third in a row.
"I think their bullpen did a good job and their offense just kept at it," Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano said. "Gotta give them all the credit really, they just outplayed us."
Lost in all the talk surrounding the trade is a potentially outstanding pitching matchup tonight between the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and Josh Johnson of the Marlins.
Kershaw is 11-7 with a 2.87 earned run average in 26 starts this season and had a four-game win streak halted on Monday with a tough-luck loss to the Giants. He suffered a 2-1 setback after allowing two runs on six hits over eight innings with 10 strikeouts.
The 24-year-old southpaw and reigning NL Cy Young Award winner beat the Marlins during his recent win streak on Aug. 10, giving up two runs over 6 1/3 frames.
Johnson takes the hill hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss as the Marlins have been outscored 10-3 over his personal slide. The righty himself has allowed seven runs over 21 innings in that span.
Johnson lost at the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks over seven frames, falling to 7-10 with a 3.73 ERA in 25 starts.
The 28-year-old is 3-1 in six career starts against the Dodgers with a 4.76 ERA.
The Dodgers took two of three from the Marlins earlier in the year.
08/25 17:21:38 ET